Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang(2005) – Amidst the various Jason Friedberg/Aaron Seltzer monstrosities we see nowadays that pass for parody (Any movie with a [Genre] Movie title and a couple others) it’s easy to forget there is such a thing as AFFECTIONATE parody. Something that aims to deconstruct, while as the same time pay loving homage … Continue reading

The Shining (1980)

The Shining (1980) – What makes a movie scary? The most horrifying thing most parents could imagine would be to lose their child, but if you have a movie about parents losing a child it would be much more likely to be categorized as a “drama.” I often refer to the documentary Jesus Camp as “the … Continue reading

Midnight in Paris (2011)

Midnight in Paris (2011) – Do you ever see stuff about like the free love revolution in the 1960s and think “damn, it would be great to be around then?” You’re not thinking about the details, like how everyone probably smelled and the “free love” in question was generally unprotected so herpes was probably everywhere. … Continue reading

Django (1966)

Django (1966) – The American West. It’s been endlessly romanticized in film, with the likes of John Wayne and Gary Cooper showing us how men should act. It’s American as apple pie. Truthfully, the legend of the Old West like so many other parts of American history was written in blood. The Italians (perhaps being … Continue reading

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – I don’t need to tell you that times are hard. We’re slowly crawling our way out of a severe economic hardship and the people who could help seem more devoted to a culture war. Still I feel that for everything wrong in the world most people are just trying … Continue reading

The Dark Knight (2008)

The Dark Knight (2008) – For a long time people dismissed comic books. I mean it’s obviously not as bad as it once was when a prick named Frederick Wertham published a bullshit book called Seduction of the Innocent which led to the burning of comic books and self-imposed industry censorship for decades. In fact most … Continue reading

Network (1976)

Network (1976) – The following article was originally published on on 29 April 2011. “I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a … Continue reading

Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical (2005)

Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical (2005) – People often ask me “why do you curse so much, Jake?” Well, I’ll fucking tell you why: All my life growing up, people told me not to. Now, that’s enough to tempt me but not necessarily to sway me to a life of excessive profanity. The kicker was … Continue reading

The Wolfman (2010)

The Wolfman (2010) – (editorial note: I watched and reviewed this movie on 14 February 2010… I don’t know why but I seem to have overlooked it when copy/pasting all my old Facebook minireviews to this site.) Someone has their heart ripped out in this movie so I guess it was kind of appropriate viewing … Continue reading

Frankenstein (1931)

Frankenstein (1931) – So I have saved the best for not-quite-last (since some of the other movies I intend to watch are sequels to this one). Frankenstein is my favorite of the old Universal Monster movies. It’s also the most popular with five sequels and a crossover with Abbott and Costello. Boris Karloff and Jack … Continue reading